Posts about Thunersee

Lake Thun (German: Thunersee) is an Alpine lake in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. It takes its name from the city of Thun, on its north western shore.

The lake is fed by water from Lake Brienz to the south east, which lies 6 metres higher than Lake Thun, and various rivers in the Oberland, including the Kander. Lake Thun was created after the last ice age and was originally part of the historic combined Wendelsee (”The Spiral Lake”). Passenger ships have operated on the lake since 1835 and there are currently ten passenger ships in total, operated by the local railway company BLS Lötschbergbahn.

Taking to the water

A group of canoeists, kayakers and stand up paddle-boarders in a range of coloured boats on Lake Thun this morning.

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The Swiss Pyramid

The triangular Niesen towers over the Lower Simmen Valley and the towns of Spiez and Faulensee, on the shores of Lake Thun in Switzerland. The glowing clouds behind the mountains in the distance aren’t illuminated by towns, but by lightning storms above (respectively) Lenk and Gruyères.

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Thunersee nature reserves

The Swiss aren’t generally as keen on nature reserves as the British. Despite the stupidly beautiful countryside, there are comparatively few places like RSPB reserves (over 200 in the U.K.) and the National Trust (who is the U.K.’s largest individual land owner). We’re lucky enough to live near two of the small Swiss reserves at Lake Thun: […]

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Filming from the air

Sitting at my computer this afternoon, I spot, out of the window, a yellow plane droning lazily around above the village. Not a full-sized plane but a metre-long radio-controlled model, with a GoPro camera attached, filming today’s glorious winter day on the lake. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos for the pilot and chatting […]

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Interlaken Golf Course

I took a walk up through the woods from Heimwehfluh, near Interlaken. The top of the walk, after half an hour or so of wheezing and muscle aching, was high above the end of Lake Thun. Aside from enjoying the walk, having some exercise, and enjoying the view, I also discovered that the golf course […]

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And so it begins

Just as summer arrived in the Bernese Oberland late this year, so the first snow fall has arrived early. But that’s OK: the sun is shining and it looks beautiful.

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Lightning on the calendar

One of my landscape photos is chosen for a 2014 calendar, complied from submissions from the Swiss Twitter community.

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Twalender 2014

Here in Switzerland, a few active photographic members of social media website Twitter have decided to pool their resources and initiate a calendar of Swiss photos for 2014, featuring photos from a Flickr group entitled “Twalender 2014”. (Kalender being the German translation of calendar.) Flickr members can add up to five of their photos to the […]

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Faulensee

I thought that it’s about time that I write a little bit about the village where we live, given that we moved a year a half ago and I’ve since had the chance to (intermittently) extend my collection of photos. Faulensee is a small village tucked into the curve of the lake shore between Interlaken […]

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Upright and proud

The new, re-designed website is now online and is automatically optimized for visitors with iPads and smartphones. One of the aspects of the design is an improvement to how images in vertical format are displayed.

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Thunersee below zero

When the temperature of the air is markedly lower than the temperature of the water in the lake, mist rises from the surface and creates a truly eerie effect. Such was the case today, when continued winter conditions in Switzerland dropped the air temperature to -16°C. You can see more of my Thunersee photos here […]

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The Secret Restaurant

Well, it’s not much of a secret restaurant for locals, as the car park is often busy and it’s right next to one of the local, small ski areas on the rolling hill slopes above Spiez in winter.

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Avalanches on demand

A clip from BBC series Human Planet, showing avalanche control of the mountains near Grindelwald in Switzerland.

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Faulensee by Night

A long exposure photograph of Faulensee from the nearby marina, on Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland.

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Late Rains

A very wet view of Lake Thun, taken and submitted for the New York Times’ “A Moment In Time” project.

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Just as day was dawning

Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

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This is where I live

The view from the Allmistübli restaurant, high above the lower Simmen valley, Lake Thun and the town I call home: Spiez, in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.

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Outtake

An outtake from a photo shoot with a friend this weekend; Jo and Katrin on the shores of Lake Thun at Neuhaus, near Interlaken.

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